When you first set up your Mac, the only security measure that’s enforced is that you add a password to your user account. The Setup Assistant makes no mention of extra measures you might want to enable, even though several are built into OS X. The features we’re about to look at are defenses against local attacks, rather than protection against online attacks. The measures are particularly important if you work in an open environment, such as a library, an office, or a café, and if your Mac is stolen, because they help to keep your data under lock and key.
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The keyboard offers a number of common characters for the language layout you have chosen, especially when you use modifier keys such as Shift, Command, and Option to invoke alternative character sets; however, while those that are mapped to various keys are common, they are only a minor subset of the characters that are available for you to use when composing documents.
Google 2 step authentication works on 2 things, something you know – your password – and something you have – your phone/tablet.
It’s easy to turn on from your Google Account Settings
After a security breach with Dropbox, they’ve now given you the option of adding two-step authentication to your account. The two-step authentication codes can be obtained via SMS, Google Authenticator, Amazon’s AWS MFA, and Windows 7 Authenticator.
Many of us use Hot Corners (accessed from System Preferences -> Mission Control or System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers) to trigger various actions. On my Mac, slamming the mouse to the bottom right corner reveals the desktop; the bottom left corner triggers Mission Control. You can also use the corners to trigger things like Notification Center, Launchpad, starting a screen saver, or putting your display to sleep.
But anyone who uses Hot Corners (which OS X refers to interchangeably as Active Screen Corners) triggers those mouse-controlled shortcuts accidentally sometimes. The solution is this: When you’re choosing a Hot Corner setting from one of the drop-down menus, hold down your preferred modifier key or keys. You’ll see the options change from, say, Mission Control to Option Mission Control” instead.
From then on, your corner will only work when you’re also holding down the modifier key(s) you specified. Now, trips to the Apple menu won’t trigger your Hot Corner shortcut—unless you’re pressing your selected modifier key, too.
Dropzone makes it faster and easier to get things done on your Mac
Drag a file onto the menu item and your fully customizable grid of destinations flies smoothly out using core animation.
Drop the file onto a destination and Dropzone will take care of the rest. Whether you’re installing an app, uploading a file to an FTP server or sharing your photos on Flickr.
If you go to the Time Machine System Preference and click on Select Disk, if you already have a disk set as your backup and you select a second disk, you are presented with a dialog asking if you want to delete the current disk or use both disks for Time Machine. You are told that if you us both disks, Time Machine will take turns backing up to both disks. Nice touch to allow backups at work and home to happen at the same time!
[kirkmc adds: This is one of the features that Apple mentioned about Time Machine in Mountain Lion. The backups rotate, and you can either use disks at home and at work, or even two disks in the same place if you are paranoid about backups (as I am).]
Lifehacker has a simple look at how to set up Mountain Lions built-in text expansion or, as Apple calls it, "substitution" options. In System Preferences, under Language and Text, you can go in and set up any number of text shortcuts that will expand into commonly-used phrases and words.